Non-Smoking Policy

The Jewish Theological Seminary's smoking policy has been amended to comply with New York City law. Compliance with the provisions of this policy is expected of the entire JTS family, as well as any visitors to JTS. Smoking in a prohibited area may subject the violator to a civil or criminal penalty under the law. Persons who refuse to extinguish smoking material upon request, or who persist in smoking in a prohibited area, will be reported to the Security Office, or, in the case of resident students, the Office of Residence Life. The outcome of this action could mean disciplinary action will be taken by JTS in addition to any penalty that may be levied under the law. JTS reserves the right to dismiss resident students from housing for continued violations of this policy.

A. Common areas of public spaces

In accordance with the Smoke-Free Air Acts, smoking is prohibited in all areas of JTS including, but not limited to:

• Classrooms
• Seminar rooms and conference rooms
• Restrooms, including the lounge areas connected to restrooms
• Waiting and/or reception areas
• Lobbies, hallways, corridors, stairwells, and waiting lines
• Auditoriums
• Libraries
• Elevators and landing areas
• Rooms or areas with copying machines or office equipment used in common
• Laundry rooms
• Storage rooms
• Locker rooms
• Garbage rooms
• Kitchens

Smoking is prohibited in all student lounges.

B. Working areas
The Smoke-Free Air Acts prohibit smoking in all work areas.

C. Private offices
Smoking is prohibited in all offices, including private enclosed offices.

D. Dining room and staff lounges
Smoking is prohibited in the JTS dining room and all staff lounges.

E. Residence halls
Smoking is not permitted in any area of the residence halls; they are completely smoke free.

F. Dispute resolution procedure
In case of a dispute arising under this smoking policy, the health concerns of the nonsmoking party shall be accorded priority. Any disputes may be resolved by the parties involved by sending written notice to the Director of Residence Life, if the dispute involves the residence halls, or the Director of Human Resources, for all other disputes; the appropriate director will investigate and attempt to resolve the matter. If resolution cannot be reached to the satisfaction of the parties involved, the matter will be referred for resolution to the Campus Life Committee if a residence hall matter or the JTS Personnel Committee for all other matters.

There will be no retaliatory or other adverse action taken against any person who asserts his/her rights under the Smoke-Free Air Acts. There can be severe penalties for violating the law. The Department of Health may fine JTS and/or the individual up to $2,000 for each violation.